Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam

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The Allard Pierson Museum is the archaeological museum of the University of Amsterdam. It is situated at the Oude Turfmarkt 127 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Artifacts from the ancient civilizations of ancient Egypt, the Near East, the Greek World, Etruria, and the Roman Empire are curated and exhibited in this museum.Allard PiersonThe name of the Allard Pierson Museum derives from the first professor of classical archaeology at the University of Amsterdam, Allard Pierson (1831–1896). This former clergyman was invited in 1877 to occupy the chair of Aesthetics, Art History, and Modern Languages at the newly founded university. His passion for antiquity, fuelled by his travels to the Mediterranean area, led to his assembling a collection of plaster casts from 1877 to 1895.FoundingThe second professor of archeology at the University of Amsterdam, Jan Six, had a large personal collection of books and antique objects. At his death in 1926, the university had interest in acquiring his collection. In 1932, Pierson's son Jan Lodewijk established the Allard Pierson Foundation in order to make the antiquities collection available for research and teaching. The collection was brought to a building on the Weesperzijde in Amsterdam, with the top floor serving as a museum.
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  • I dont know if I just have high standards for archaeology but I felt a bit bad that this is all that Amsterdam could present in (what I believe to be) it's main archaeology museum. Only worth a visit ...  more »
  • All the music I made it was the only free so save more than €10 is always nice and more lift collection access and not great is easily 1 hour special mention to people that restores monuments they are very friendly long life to them
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  • I'm never before seen in a museum where the information was so summarily. You must do your very best to exhibit. Solve the cryptogram, questions (Note: there are no attendants), Googling or just a battle to save it. And what is that terrible shame!
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  • The displays were amazing but most objects were copies. This museum did inspire though, there were Egyptian, Greek and Roman sections. I would return on a cooler day though, it was warm and stuffy inside. I would also warm English speakers, there was very little in English. The majority of the displays were only in Dutch.
  • Great place full of fantastic artefacts. Can even help assemble pottery from Amsterdam canals sess pits
  • The usual stuff for this type of museum. There was not much yo see actually... It was ok. Egyptian history is always interesting I guess.
  • Excellent for classical civilization based research. Some excellent red on black extant finds and Ancient Olympics related evidence.
  • Went here 2 weeks ago. While parts of museum were closed what remained can keep you focused and busy for hours. This is highly recommended place.

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